International Firefighter exchange to Ireland
This is a copy of threads i posted in the general forum area but maybe i would have more luck in the canadian section:
I am an irish fulltime firefighter , working and living in west ireland.
If you are interested in a 12 month exchange, and you are bringing with you a small family (wife 'n a few kids) then maybe our jobs AND our homes will be compatible.
A few points:
*a visa would be made available for your spouse while in ireland - should you both want to work. if you are interested in asking for yourself the immigration/naturalisation dept email address is firstname.lastname@example.org )
* I would consider most places USA, Canada, Oz, NZ et al. I would probably prefer Canada or USA, Its that bit closer to home(, especially somewhere within reasonable distance to a ski slope! ). My wife is from NY upstate and we would go there too(saratoga springs) If you like surfing, countryside, easy laidback living, great place for kids, and the odd night out in the town then you will like this place. (also on the doorstep of an airport and cheap flights to many european destinations)
* You need to be fulltime and experienced for at least four years.(this is an exchange rule, not mine)
* I am not looking to exchange right away - prob ready to move 2012, it takes ages (apparently) to organise an exchange among two fire departments - as well as taking kids from school etc etc so i am posting this early.
* you will not have to go through firefighting school again, i am trying to negotiate that your experience will mean you can learn the differences in procedures, scba etc etc, "in-house" and be fully operational in about two weeks (i know that sounds attractive because some exchanged firefighters are expected to go through firefighting school - something i would be prepared to do to make the exchange work and to learn as much as possible)
so if you are interested email me
i thought i would include this link to an application form for a fire fighter exchange - just to let you know whats involved. most depts have very similar requirements
the exchanges tend to last somewhere between 6 - 12 months, and while there seems to be a bit of work involved in making the exchange happen it has the potential to be a massively positive experience: good socially, good professionally in your career ahead.
For those interested how the exchange works financially i enclose copy of a section titled 'salaries and conditions' from the link i enclosed above in an earlier message:
Exchange Partners will remain in the employ of their Fire Service. They continue to receive
their own salaries whilst they are overseas, with continuing deductions (including mortgage
and insurances) as applicable. This arrangement can not be varied under this Program as
any changes to this will result in the requirement of different criteria to gain entry into other
countries and have tax implications.
Where rates of exchange vary widely, it is recommended that the two Exchange Partners
come to a financial agreement which will ensure the exchange is viable for both parties.
Ensure agreements are in writing and a copy lodged with your coordinator.
Overtime payment methods need to be negotiated by the employers and this is addressed in
the Deed of Exchange. There are wide variations in opportunities and conditions for overtime
between Fire Services.
So who is up for it?
It seems anything is negotiable
If you know of anyone at your station with a few kids that may have a bit of irish blood in them and may want to go to the 'old country' or just someone with a bit of adventure in them then pass on my details.